Lauryn Hill Covering Nat King Cole Is As Incredible As It Sounds

From new Radiohead, Grimes and LCD Soundsystem to The Beatles finally on streaming services and beyond, Christmas 2015 has been incredible for music lovers worldwide. For me, perhaps the most cherished musical gift this year comes from the one and only Lauryn Hill, who has released a beautiful cover of Nat King Cole‘s A Cradle In Bethlehem.

As Pitchfork have noted, the track was first written in the 1920s. However, the most iconic version was recorded by Nat King Cole in 1960 – listen here.

As you might expect, Hill’s version is exquisite, showcasing her polished, inimitably sensual vocals. Behind her melody lies joyous backing vocals and evocative instrumental layers, creating a soulful, festive atmosphere.

It’s been far too long since we’ve heard new music from Lauryn Hill. While this isn’t an original track, we can only hope to hear some more new music from the legendary performer throughout 2016!

Earlier this year, Hill also covered Nina Simone’s Feeling Goodfeatured on the recent tribute album Nina Revisited: A Tribute To Nina Simone. The album saw six covers from Lauryn Hill, and more from Mary J Blige, Common, Usher, Jazmine Sullivan and Lisa Simone, Nina Simone’s daughter. The album came out alongside Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?

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